Rattus rattus

Black Rat at GG47

Rattus rattus at GG47 - 26 Mar 2024
Rattus rattus at GG47 - 26 Mar 2024
Rattus rattus at GG47 - 26 Mar 2024
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Identification history

Rattus rattus 27 Mar 2024 DonFletcher
Rattus rattus 26 Mar 2024 CarbonAI
Unidentified 26 Mar 2024 Ct1000

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User's notes

I believe I have previously photographed this individual with a full tail... It was nesting in hollow log nest was made of a pile of grass... I have been assuming it's a brown rat but had limited angles to emphasise the distinguishing features. These images were taken with the animal up a gum tree of some kind. In a Grove of various native trees.

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DonFletcher wrote:
   27 Mar 2024
Only 3 rattus in area.
Short tail is indicative of R. fuscipes (bush rat) BUT tail may be missing a piece or not visible in images; Also Bush Rat hardly ever climbs and no longer occurs in urban area.
R norvegicus (Sewer Rat) is locally rare and doesn't climb much.
Long ears look like R.rattus (Black/Roof Rat) which climbs trees readily to forage for bird nests, fruit etc. SO R.rattus.
Ct1000 wrote:
   27 Mar 2024
Ah thanks you for the information Don! I wasn't aware bushrats rarely climb trees and was unsure if there were any extant populations in Canberra. It's definitely missing a section of tail. I'd previously decided it was a black or brown rat not a bush rat because the tail was significantly longer than the body. It's very helpful to know that we only get r.rattus here too.

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Nearby sightings

Page 1 of 3 - image sightings only

Lythrum hyssopifolia (Small Loosestrife) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Juncus sarophorus (Broom Rush) at GG46 - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Hop Bush) at GG46 - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Microlaena stipoides (Weeping Grass) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Lomandra bracteata (Small Matrush) at GG139 - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Exocarpos cupressiformis (Cherry Ballart) at GG139 - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Cassinia aculeata subsp. aculeata (Dolly Bush, Common Cassinia, Dogwood) at GG139 - 29 Dec 2023 by Tapirlord
Pentatomoidea (superfamily) (Unidentified Shield or Stink bug) at Deakin, ACT - 16 Jul 2023 by LisaH
Juncus vaginatus (Clustered Rush) at Deakin, ACT - 10 Feb 2023 by Tapirlord
Petaurus notatus (Krefft’s Glider, Sugar Glider) at Deakin, ACT - 9 Aug 2022 by Ct1000
Senecio hispidulus (Hill Fireweed) at Deakin, ACT - 22 May 2022 by Tapirlord
Rhytidoponera sp. (genus) (Rhytidoponera ant) at Deakin, ACT - 27 Dec 2021 by LisaH
Pyrrholaemus sagittatus (Speckled Warbler) at Deakin, ACT - 30 Aug 2021 by ebristow
Pyrrholaemus sagittatus (Speckled Warbler) at Deakin, ACT - 30 Aug 2021 by ebristow
Eucalyptus insect gall at Deakin, ACT - 18 Aug 2021 by TomT
Hyalarcta nigrescens (Ribbed Case Moth) at Deakin, ACT - 18 Aug 2021 by TomT
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Deakin, ACT - 13 Aug 2021 by KL
Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Hop Bush) at Deakin, ACT - 13 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord
Cupressus arizonica (Arizona Cypress) at Deakin, ACT - 13 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord
Campylopus (A moss) at Deakin, ACT - 13 Aug 2021 by Tapirlord
Amblyopone sp. (genus) (Slow ant) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Jul 2021 by Tapirlord
Lithobiomorpha (order) (Unidentified stone centipede) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Jul 2021 by Tapirlord
Rumex sp. (A Dock) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Jul 2021 by Tapirlord
Trombidiidae (family) (Red velvet mite) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Jul 2021 by Tapirlord
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella) at Deakin, ACT - 18 Apr 2021 by LisaH
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Deakin, ACT - 17 Jan 2021 by JackyF
Nyctemera amicus (Senecio Moth, Magpie Moth, Cineraria Moth) at Deakin, ACT - 7 Jan 2021 by JackyF
Chauliognathus tricolor (Tricolor soldier beetle) at Deakin, ACT - 7 Jan 2021 by JackyF
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Deakin, ACT - 7 Jan 2021 by JackyF
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Deakin, ACT - 7 Jan 2021 by JackyF
Lasiocampidae (family) immature (Lappet & Snout Moths) at Deakin, ACT - 5 Jan 2021 by JamWiRe
Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat Ant) at Deakin, ACT - 2 Nov 2020 by JackyF
Dacryopinax spathularia (Dacryopinax spathularia) at Deakin, ACT - 6 Oct 2020 by JackyF
Carex appressa (Tall Sedge) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire Fog) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Lomandra filiformis (Wattle Mat-rush) at Deakin, ACT - 13 Sep 2020 by LisaH
Carex sp. (A Sedge) at Deakin, ACT - 10 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Senecio quadridentatus (Cotton Fireweed) at Deakin, ACT - 5 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Clematis leptophylla (Small-leaf Clematis, Old Man's Beard) at Deakin, ACT - 2 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Clematis leptophylla (Small-leaf Clematis, Old Man's Beard) at Deakin, ACT - 2 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Deakin, ACT - 1 Sep 2020 by JackyF
Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk) at Deakin, ACT - 24 Aug 2020 by JackyF
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Deakin, ACT - 24 Aug 2020 by JackyF
Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail) at Deakin, ACT - 20 Aug 2020 by JackyF
Geastrum sp. (Geastrum sp.) at Deakin, ACT - 15 Aug 2020 by JackyF
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Deakin, ACT - 10 Aug 2020 by JackyF
Bulbine bulbosa (Golden Lily) at Deakin, ACT - 10 Aug 2020 by JackyF
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Deakin, ACT - 15 May 2020 by JackyF
Crinia sp. (genus) (A froglet) at Deakin, ACT - 11 May 2020 by TexanReptilian
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Deakin, ACT - 8 May 2020 by TomT
Hackelia suaveolens (Sweet Hounds Tongue) at Deakin, ACT - 5 May 2020 by JackyF
Asperula conferta (Common Woodruff) at Deakin, ACT - 5 May 2020 by JackyF
Crinia sp. (genus) (A froglet) at Deakin, ACT - 3 May 2020 by TexanReptilian
Geastrum sp. (Geastrum sp.) at Deakin, ACT - 30 Apr 2020 by Ct1000
Zanda funerea (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Deakin, ACT - 28 Apr 2020 by TexanReptilian
Iridomyrmex sp. (genus) (Ant) at Deakin, ACT - 28 Apr 2020 by LisaH
Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Common Everlasting) at Deakin, ACT - 28 Apr 2020 by LisaH
Eriococcus coriaceus (Gumtree Scale) at Deakin, ACT - 28 Apr 2020 by kieranh
Zanda funerea (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Deakin, ACT - 27 Apr 2020 by LisaH
Zanda funerea (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Deakin, ACT - 26 Apr 2020 by JackyF
Falco longipennis (Australian Hobby) at Deakin, ACT - 23 Apr 2020 by Ct1000
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Deakin, ACT - 20 Apr 2020 by kieranh
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Deakin, ACT - 20 Apr 2020 by kieranh
Truncospora ochroleuca at Deakin, ACT - 18 Apr 2020 by JackyF
Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider) at Deakin, ACT - 17 Apr 2020 by Ct1000
Tubaria rufofulva (Burgundy Wood Tubaria) at Deakin, ACT - 14 Apr 2020 by JackyF
Oudemansiella gigaspora group (Rooting Shank) at Deakin, ACT - 14 Apr 2020 by JackyF
Acanthiza reguloides (Buff-rumped Thornbill) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Apr 2020 by TomT
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Apr 2020 by KL
Pardalotus striatus (Striated Pardalote) at Deakin, ACT - 8 Apr 2020 by TomT
Petroica rosea (Rose Robin) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown Butterfly) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at Deakin, ACT - 30 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Gerygone olivacea (White-throated Gerygone) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Macropus giganteus (Eastern Grey Kangaroo) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Petroica rosea (Rose Robin) at Deakin, ACT - 22 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Deakin, ACT - 22 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Deakin, ACT - 19 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Deakin, ACT - 18 Mar 2020 by LisaH
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Deakin, ACT - 17 Mar 2020 by LisaH
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Deakin, ACT - 17 Mar 2020 by LisaH
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Phylloporus sp. (Phylloporus sp.) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Deakin, ACT - 12 Mar 2020 by JackyF
Phylloporus sp. (Phylloporus sp.) at Deakin, ACT - 7 Mar 2020 by LisaH
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Deakin, ACT - 6 Mar 2020 by LisaH
Morethia boulengeri (Boulenger's Skink) at Deakin, ACT - 5 Mar 2020 by LisaH
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Deakin, ACT - 3 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Myiagra rubecula (Leaden Flycatcher) at Deakin, ACT - 3 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Pyrrholaemus sagittatus (Speckled Warbler) at Deakin, ACT - 3 Mar 2020 by Ct1000
Apis mellifera (European honey bee) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Feb 2020 by Ct1000
Plantago varia (Native Plaintain) at Deakin, ACT - 22 Feb 2020 by JackyF
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Deakin, ACT - 29 Jan 2020 by JackyF

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  • 26 Mar 2024 08:18 AM Recorded on
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  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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  • Rattus rattus Scientific name
  • Black Rat Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Non-Invasive
  • Up to 1019.83m Recorded at altitude
  • 110 images trained Machine learning
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